In December 2000 a group of Jackson, Mississippi area Muslims identified the need for the development of a national museum to educate the public about Islamic history and culture and the contributions of Muslims to world civilization.

With the hard work and dedication of Co-Founders Ms. Okolo Rashid and Mr. Emad Al-Turk and a steering team of national and international scholars, experts and community members, the Museum opened in April 2001 with a major exhibition, Moorish Spain: Its Legacy to Europe and the West as part of The Majesty of Spain, an international exhibition at the Mississippi Arts Pavilion in downtown Jackson’s Arts District. The museum attracted over 2,000 visitors in its first month of operation and continues to be a pioneer in sharing the beauty and majesty of the world’s Muslim cultures.


Okolo Rashid – Co- Founder/ Board Chair
Emad Al-Turk – Co- Founder/ Board Member
Lina S Ali – Board Member
Malik Aziz – Board Member
Zain Nensey – Board Member


Emad Al-Turk – President/CEO
Okolo Rashid – Director of the Islamic Thought Insititute
Maryam Abdur-Rahmaan – Education Coordinator
Muhammad Abdur- Rahmaan – Education Project Coordinator
Khalid Hudson – Special Project/ Community Outreach Coordinator
Erica Handy – Executive Assistant/ Director of Docents